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getting a little bit harder in the days ahead. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler in new york and here are tonight's top stories. officials in paramus new jersey say they are searching for someone who opened fire inside a mall monday night. witnesses report seeing one or more people shooting just before the mall closed. the mayor of paramus says they have locked down the mall. a bill based on sexual identity began the debate open the bill. house speaker john boehner says
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he opposes that measure. secretary of state john kerry and his saudi counterpart met and had a press conference today. the highest ranking american diplomat to visit the agency then. you can always get the latest news on are great divide where the tumble weed outnumber the locals. a new home on the rage. >> we want to be individual, we don't want the government to
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take care of us. a message about shared faith and common values. >> we talk about family, we talk about education, we talk about self dependence. we talk about opportunities for american dream. >> and flowing straight into trouble. a new front in the contest between energy and the environment. >> and good evening. thanks for being with us. i'm joie chen. will they stay or will they go? it is a fair question on this day before off-year elections in many communities around the country truly is an off-off election year, races which might
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not attract a lot of attention in any other year. but this year political divisions on many levels make quite a few races be bellwethers. what we currently call colorado where secessionists want to form a new state. might not have much of a success but it points to a bigger picture of divide. the great sky of colorado's rural community. chris bury begins in cheyenne wells, colorado. >> a belief that the federal
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government has lost touch with the their people. >> have no idea how hard we work. >> his daughter, a nanny, a crop duster, the republican chair, the cafe owner and a water well driller share that sentiment if not the notion of severing ties with their home state. >> i don't necessarily disagree with a lot of the things that these guys are saying. i mean i'm just disagreeing with the fact that i don't think we need to create a new state. >> this town, cheyenne wells, population 864. its main street has seen better days, like 10 of the counties voting for secession, cheyenne is in the eastern plains. cattle and grain drive the economy. oil and gas are a growing part
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of the picture. what's moving counties like this to even consider splitting off from colorado? >> the main reason is the way the colorado legislature is acting. extreme applicablism. these guys were not moderate, they are extremists. >> their grievance begins with guns, expanding background checks. >> we want to be independent individuals. we do not want the government to take care of us. we don't want to live in a nanny state. we don't want them to tell us what to do, when to do it, how to do it it it . we don't want the government to jump in to pass laws to keep that from ever happening again because it won't work. >> but there is more to the anger here, including a state mandate for wind and solar energy that for now, cost considerably more than coal.
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>> do you feel that renewable energy is being shoved down your throat? >> yes, it is very high cost to produce renewable energy. and they're forcing the marketplace to accept it. >> and many here feel rural colorado sends more tax money to cities than it gets back in services. >> is there a sense that you're getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the money from denver? >> i'm not one of these people that are going to be running to the post office and waiting for my government check. waiting for the government to help them. as far as i'm getting short -- shortened you know by the government or the money, no i'm not, you know i'm just-- i'm more in the line of get off my back. quit overregulating us, quit overtaxing us. >> the resentment in these rural
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areas also reflects a widening culturallism. led the way for colorado's approval of gay marriage and recreational marijuana. >> those two counties in particular and mostly in rural were defeated hands down. and they were passed by the masses that are in the front range. and so that does directly go against our county as a whole. because we voted it down. >> marijuana, gay marriage. in my opinion are issues of the left. tweaking conservatives. i don't see any socially benefits we get from -- any social benefits we get from especially marijuana. why in the world do you want to push more intoxication? that's crazy.
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>> are you feeling forgotten? >> yes. just those other people out number you or are all bunched together, and that we will have to suffer for them, i can't agree with that. >> but the prospect of actually starting a new state is daunting. >> the logistics of it are mind-boggling when you start thinking aboutin about setting x base, all the water rights and things that are established here. >> you seem to be saying, be careful what you wish for. >> yes, these friends and those that will remain friends, we have the option to disagree with each other without getting mad, you know. >> george, you're not for seceding? >> no, i'm not. and i think the majority of the people that are supporting this don't think it's going to happen. >> well, i'm not going to deny,
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it seems like a huge mountain but you eat that elephant one bite at a time. >> and america would not be here if we didn't have founding fathers who were not willing to do hard things. and we're willing. >> exciting thing is, we'd be able to write our own constitution. we would be able to write into the constitution things that would keep huge urban centers from overpowering the rural centers again. and i think that's exciting. i really do. >> what's it going to be called, any ideas? >> northern colorado. >> new colorado has been thrown around, north colorado has been thrown around. liberty has thrown around, that's a minor detail. >> what do you think the odds are of this actually happening? >> slim. >> slim. >> i do want to send a message. i do want to have legislation hear our voice. but in all
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practicality, it's monumental task. and even if it got to that point we could still take congress to okay this. and they're not going to do it because they're going to be afraid it's going to happen in their own states. >> before any new state flag could fly, the legislature in denver would have to approve. then both houses of congress must agree, and even at nan's cafe support for a split is soft. >> let me take a show of hands. how many genuinely would like a new state ? >> kind of. >> so for most of you this is really at the end of the day, you don't want to secede from colorado, fair? >> that's accurate. >> fair for me. >> if our state legislature and our governor continues down the road they're on, that opinion could change very quickly.
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if they do not hear us, when we do this 51st state initiative and continue on like you people out there don't matter, that opinion could change . >> so out here where the final fall harvest is underway, a chunk of rural colorado feels disconnected and disrespected and its threat to leave the state is really about sending a message that says, please listen to us. >> that's correspondent chris bury reporting on the tbunlt state initiative -- 51st state initiative in colorado. a different kind of initiative, one that is pitched getting more energy through a community and protecting all important natural resources.
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determining using some sort of subjective interpretation of their policy as to whether or not your particular report was actually abusive, because if it doesn't contain language that specifically threatens you directly or is targeted towards you specifically, they may not consider it abuse. they may consider it offensive. and in that case they just recommend that you block that person. >> i don't want to minimise this, because i mean, there's some really horrible things that are on
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line, and it's not - it's not just twitter, what has happened through social media and the anonymity of the net is that you see websites, hate-filled websites targetting all sorts of groups, popping up. there has been a huge number of those that exist as well. >> they say they did it because they were trying to protect my children. they didn't protect my children, they traumatized them. >> fault lines examines why so many native american kids are caught in the child welfare system. >> any time they see a social worker its like seeing a police officer. the immediate response is, "they're here to take my kids". >> from the indian perspective who sees this in terms of history, this is as about as adversarial as it gets.
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>> as the white house wrestles with the keystone pipeline decision, a town in maine citizens are greatly divided. whether a pipeline through the area will bring more. >> anywhere in america. this is south portland, maine and sarah la chance believes her state has become the next battle ground. >> the lifestyle we take for granted and now people are recovering they can't take it for granted. they have to stand up and fight for it. because if we don't fight for it there's going to be big industry
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fighting for it. >> the are issue that has sparked controversy is the portland-montreal pipeline. this pipeline carries oil up to canada but the new idea would reverse the flow and bring tar sands oil down to maine to be shipped out on tankers. environmentalists say extracting the oil is polluting, resource dependent and increasing dependence on fossil fuels. >> it's thicker, in order to move it through appliance you have to have it -- through pipelines you have to have it hotter and at higher pressure. >> people in south portland will soon vote on a waterfront protection ordinance that could
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block the new facility will will be need -- which will be needed for the oil. >> they lost big and so they lost in mayflower arkansas. and we are asked to take the same gamble here, are you willing to take that same gamble, open yourself up to the mayhem and disaster that took players in those cities? no. >> it's a crime that's why i'm out doing this, because i'm sick and tired of it. it is one point we have a say. we have some influence. and whether it's going to succeed or not, i know for myself, i will be able to sleep at night. >> but john martin isn't losing any sleep over an expanded industry, where they could build the new smoke stacks about the
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tar sands facility that has divided this town. >> i think it will help the city of portland, the state of maine, not take something out of here. i think if we work at banning it, what's going to happen is you're going to have people pull out of portland and send them someplace else. so until there actually is a problem you know let's give it a shop. >> but sarah believes that waiting for aproblem to happen could be too late. she takes us 45 minutes outside portland to show us why. >> part of why this is such a crazy idea is here we are right along the shores of sabago lake. it supplies water to all the city of portland. portland is our largest city. it runs through this wet land and this wet land obviously is draining off into the lake. this pipeline is over six decades old and the possibility of having a leak here will not only devastate the local economy and the folks who come here to
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enjoy the lake and the tourism but it would make the water supply no longer available to thousand of people here in the state. >> sarah's opponents say highlighting pipeline breaks are just a scare tactic. >> we're being told it's going to hurt their children but the reality is the ordinance does much more than that. >> jamie says the water from protection ordinance is meant to cripple the industry. this is third largest port on the coast and he fears block the facility will prevent all businesses from expanding. >> yes, this will be a slow orderly shut down of the terminals. then you'll be left with something that looks like detroit for the next 30 years. >> proponents of the ordinance say the existing ordinance, will not be affected. >> if they want to have a climate change discussion and they want to start having that
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discussion at the local level feel free ohave it but this is not it. >> for sarah la chance this local fight is part of a bigger struggle. >> my wife is awesome. >> there we go, we have it on film. >> she was motivate whed she started her -- when they started her own family. >> i never did picture myself becoming an activist either. you always want a better place for your children than what you had. when you learn about climate change you quickly realize that we are setting them up to not have the same type of life that we all were blessed with. so i couldn't let that happen, not on my watch. >> in the end it is the residents of south portland who will allow tar sands in town. but oil executives and environmentalistist
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environmentalists will be watching. a follow up on this report. you did hear the lobbyists say, this is just a matter of people wanting to fight back against fossil fuels most generally. is it in your mind that way? >> no it isn't. americans of every stripe rely on fossil fuels. they are good, brought a lot of prosperity. but we need to dramatically reduce the use and emissions from fossil fuels otherwise the climate will continue to heat up and see the extreme weather that has plagued the united states over the last few years, wildfires, droughts and horrible storms. >> let's point to this particular pipeline and the possibility that we will be bringing tar sand oil. this particular type of fuel you say is particularly a problem. >> tar sands from canada has up to a third more carbon pollution from its production than conventional u.s. oil.
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atmosphere. in fact the key stone pipeline it's estimated would be the same as adding 4,000 more cars to our road in the percentage of more corrosion into our air. it's more prone to spills. >> so in this case in south portland they're talking about you've already got a pipeline here, instead of sending it up, we're going to bring it back. >> because it's more corrosive, spills. for example, in michigan a few years ago there was spill of tar sands in the kalamazoo river they're still cleaning up years ago later. that's caused billions of dollars of damage. and that's a brand-new pipeline. >> and this pipeline has been in operation for a while. >> that's right. pall pipelines have a potential
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to leak. others more potential. tar sands because they are more corrosive will also have more tendency to leak. this would be bringing a more carbon relinquish, more polluting source of oil into the u.s., more most likely to be refined here and then shipped overseas. >> hang on. isn't this another source of north american oil production? wouldn't this be of benefit to the u.s. economy this way? >> it would be a benefit to the big oil companies who are shutting it down but like the key stone pipeline it's very possible that this could be refined into gas or diesel. that doesn't help our energy security at all, but it does provide the risk of spills and more climate pollution. >> so away what happens if these -- so what happens if this south portland community is effective in being able to stop
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the use of their pipeline? >> then the oil will be stranded in canada and they'll either have to sell it another a at a great discount or it won't -- the creation of this oil creates a third more pollution than the conventional u.s. oils or the heavier oils from the southeast, this is the worst of the worst. >> i do need to play devil's advocate. whether we like fossil fuels or not people are still going ouse them. industry still uses them. you have this opportunity in the northern climates in canada to be able to use this tar sands oil which is a relatively new innovation in fossil fuel production. so maybe it's just not in my backyard, maybe it's not our pipeline, maybe it's somebody else's pipeline, it's another direction. but at the end of the day this is the fuel that could help fuel industry. >> festival you have to understand that in the united
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states we use most of the oil here for transportation. one of the great things president obama has done has strengthened the fuel economy standards for the first time in over two decades. so we're going to be using a lot less oil as the years go on. that's more important than whatever supply of oil this pipeline will bring. second, we need to reduce our carbon production from where it is today, making it possible to use this kind of tar sands oil will only increase our carbon pollution. taking us in the wrong direction. worse climb change, more extreme weather, more drought, wildfires, heavy rainstorms and tropical storms like hurricane sandy that hit more than ayear ago. >> a problem that extends beyond the south portland community. >> this pipeline sounds like all risk and no reward. >> thank you for being with us. center for american progress.
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in our studio tonight. ahead on america tonight, god and government. why the gop's attempt to win over a potential ly important voting politic is >> every morning from 5 to 9am al jazeera america brings you more us and global news than any other american news channel. find out what happened and what to expect. >> start every morning, every day, 5am to 9 eastern with al jazeera america.
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>> now, a quick snapshot of stoirs making headlines on america tonight. miami dolphins richie incognito is setting out games indefinitely. because of harassment of another player. confusion at central connecticut state university after reports of an armed man roaming the campus there. police searched an on campus dormitory. one man was taken into custody. wisconsin, a federal trial has started to determine whether the state's voter law,
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allegation that wisconsin is violating the voting rights act. among tomorrow's elections votes in states like new jersey and virginia will be seen as a republicans. in the wake of last year's presidential race, which policy show is largely blamed on republicans in congress. gop strategies are, having a message of shared faith. stand in the back of the sunday service at ministerio mista, and you can see why this is the fastest growing latino services. the service given in spanish and english measures a glowing mix of michael jackson showmanship
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with fire and brimstone preaching using both to bring latino families and singles. it is god that points people in the position of power. >> in this house of worship a key message is that faith should be followed all the way into the polling booth. >> i believe that the church needs to somehow influence the way in which people think, many of these people their faith and their values are shaped in church. so i don't think that necessarily as a church we need to directly new politics. but we to have to, however, speak to people about how to be better husbands, better wives, better families.
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>> and better voters? >> and better voters, definitely. i believe the church should exercise the rights that it has been given, the privilege it has been given to exercise their voice, and in a time to exercise that prophetic voice we have been given as a church. >> pass ter josue's pitch, for latino outreach. >> i will tell you. we share all of us in americans. >> in virginia and other states with growing hispanic populations, the church is stepping out ,. >> we talk about family, we talk about education, we talk about self dependence, we talk about opportunities for the american dream.
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and we talk about religious issues in referential to when -- reference to when we talk about marriage, the importance of family and definitely the importance of life. >> it was ronald reagan who first identified hispanic voters as a prime target for the party as conservatives who just didn't know it yet. a focused strategy championing immigration reform worked for george w. bush when he won 44% of the latino vote. but mitt romney 1 alien ated. and in crucial votes. >> i think if we ignore them we lose. in a national election it becomes a
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mathematical impossibity to reach 270. we need every single hispanic vote, traditionally, evangelicals, who have strongly religious values, are among the most many motivated. they will not merely vote for the opposition, they will simply stay home. that's our biggest concern. >> that's driving a new focus for republican national committee which recently announced the rollout of hispanic focused events, right into the heart of the hispanic community. its churches. >> in virginia, we have to have networks of churches. and we're meeting with the pastors and we're telling them we're here, we're ready to
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listen, we're ready to work. identify folks we can start talking to. because half the battle is grass roots outreach, it's all about bottom and of the top. where is the platform for us to be engaged in whether it be a community festival, that you and your congregation members are going to be there. we want to address them, we want to hear them. >> the states are especially high here in virginia, where the gubernatorial race, making for perfect timing and perhaps a crirl test of the republican -- critical test of the republican strategy. tapping republican candidates for state level races and softening the toab. gop gubernatorial candidate ken
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cuccinelli, a new team for hispanic outreach and his running plate pushing the we're with you message. >> 45% in the community or schools are largely latino. i have been working with the hispanic people of faith across virginia to stand up for them, stand up for shared values and, again, i think these are mainstream virginia values. >> but that ignores the real elephant in the room. the single issue which pollsters say most consistently drives hispanic voters. immigration. >> when it comes out to the democratic party, i think they do grab a a lot more of the hispanics, they're trying to push them forward. when it comes to the republicans there's a lot of that you know we're going osend you back home.
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>> republican strategists are gambling that when faced with a choice of god and government, hispanics will vote with their faith. >> i understand what's going on with immigration, i'm with it, but i've got to stand firm, my thing is with god. >> following up on that report , christobal, for a particular issue, tell us what your fund is doing. >> thanks joie, it's great to be here. we want to build political power and the way we do that is by ensuring that latino faces and voices are reflected in every level of government and the policies that drive this country and including immigration, which is a major issue for latino voters and we think that will be the major issue in 2014 as well. >> so you're putting a lot of money behind that?
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>> we're working with our allies, the victory project is faced by two, latinos reached nearly 10% of the electorate, latinos actually flexed their financial power as well, thanks to the work of henry munos and eva longoria. keep them engaged in the policy debate that is happening now and turn attention to 2014 and the latino voters. >> the idea here is to raise through eva longoria she is a pretty big movie star as well, she brings star power to your effort as well. but i'm wondering your idea is to raise $20 million to go after
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those candidates who have not focused on immigration issues or throwing in roadblocks? >> in the final stretch to push through immigration reform. failing that we'll work with our allies in labor, our progressive philanthropy and more importantly our latino doa donors, to force someone out of office if they stand in the way of immigration reform. though. do you have the certainty of unity that you would be able to provide a voting block for or against a candidate? do you have enough unity within the latino community to be able to deliver on that? >> yes, some people think the latino block is a monolithic
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block, it is whether you're in southern florida or elpaso, immigration is a very, the first thing latinos did is pray, together with faith, immigration is a critical issue and one unifying factor that will bring latinos together, not only now during the congressional debate but 2016 congressional election as well. >> we'll want you to stand by christobal. many of the hot races tomorrow will be seen as a test of a growing force within the gop. al jazeera's patty culhane takes us to alabama. >> as the sun
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sets on the area of mobile, alabama, holmer oglesby, calls himself a true believer. his cause the tea party, the most conservative faction of the republican party. >> it will be a godly country. a country that god can look down on and say i'm proud of this country but right now i don't think he's doing that. i don't think he's proud of the way we conducted business. >> he's campaigning outside a debate for this man, candidate dean young, promising to change washington with confrontation. >> i can can tell you right now, that barack obama does not want me to go to washington because we don't have a lot in common so there won't be a lot of bipartisanship unless these guys come to our way of thinking. >> the other than is bradley byrne. his statements are far from liberal. >> we are sending far too much
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money to other countries who do not honor our principles. in fact, we are sending billions of dollars to countries like egypt and pakistan who are using that money to attack christians. >> but for the tea party he isn't conservative enough. and in this old bastion of the south the republican nominee almost always goes on to win the election. all eyes are on mobile alabama, because whraps here could determine whether the federal government actually functions for the next year. >> professor sam says it will be safer not to listen to the republican leadership. >> one of the things they have been effective in doing is sort of threatening and saying look, if you don't toe the line in your city member house we'll find somebody run against you. >> this is where the battle
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lines have been drawn. the tea party challenger has grass roots supports from the likes of oglesby, who promises this is the first fight not last. >> we've got to keep on can keepin' on. we have remained silent too long. >> the voters will see and hear the impact. >> that report from patty culhane. we have asked christobal to remain with us. lenny mcallister is a former strategist himself. let's look at the notion of a divided republican party. there is some sense particularly here in washington, we have talked a lot of the notion that the government shutdown brought the fracture of tea party republicans and other republicans to the fore, you
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don't believe that though? >> no, five years ago to the day when country elected barack obama as the first african american president and 44th president the united states, it was at that point in time when the republican party was supposed to go the way of the whigs, how do we recapture young voters, urban voters? you have seen this chasm since then. broaden our tent be able to be diverse within 67 ti conservatism. >> literally a manifesto of outreach. how effectively has the gop done with that? >> well, i think the jury's still out to be quite honest with you. we have to as republicans be able to articulate a
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conservative message across diversity. not just diversity of color and gender but diversity of conservative thought when we are able to articulate policies such as affirmative action, and see how 67th principles still work through to get to work to get to educational opportunities to make sure that they can be productive citizens that we can shrink government that way. we don't see as diverse those type of policies, when it comes to things such as gay americans and supporting their civil rights as well. there's a fight against rebel against rebel now. we have got to get back to fighting for something as conservatives. >> chris tsksobal, this notion of the manifesto, there was an actual deliberate policy put in place, yet, your organization
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the latino victory fund is all around immigration. how account gop have this outreach, at the same time having this difference against immigration policy? >> what you see in the house is a small group of extremists that are blocking the bill from reaching the floor. if the bill could reach the floor, i think that would move latinos quite a bit. you could spend tens of millions of dollars around messaging, but really the quintessential issue is around immigration and all it takes is a vote in the house on that. one of the issues latinos are united on. but like at the end of the day, what the latino community wants is dignity and respect and opportunity. >> and lenie do you see that, potential not only among latino
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voters but among the other constituencies, do you see the opportunity to make inroads when the republican party still has that difference among themselves? >> i absolutely do. we do a pretty good job of articulating our policies but we do a pretty poor job of our love for america across diversity. how we have common stories, it's more than just how we look different or where we live in different areas. it's truly about having a calming story as americans that i think again there will come a time when a group of leaders within the conservative movement within the republican party will come together with a certain charisma that will allow the hard core conservative, the tea party conservative and the established republican to come together and start seeing common ground again and lead us forward so we're not only winning elections but we're bringing america back to the type of future it is supposed to have
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with a leader on a global scale. >> as well former congressional strategist. we'll see what tomorrow brings us as well. >> thank you. >> good night. >> we look beyond our earthly differences and way out, a new view of previously unknown neighborhood. a gigantic galactic discovery is coming up next. [[voiceover]] no doubt about it, innovation changes our lives. opening doors ... opening possibilities. taking the impossible from lab ... to life. on techknow, our scientists bring you a sneak-peak of the future, and take you behind the scenes at our evolving world. techknow - ideas, invention, life.
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>> from our headquarters in new york, here are the headlines this hour. >> al jazeera america is the only news channel that brings you live news at the top of every hour. >> a deal in the senate may be at hand and just in the nick of time. >> thousands of new yorkers are marching in solidarity. >> we're following multiple developments on syria at this hour. >> every hour from reporters stationed around the world and across the country. >> only on al jazeera america. on inside story, we bring together unexpected voices closest to the story, invite hard-hitting debate and desenting views and always explore issues relevant to you. >> we've always wondered this. maybe here is an anxious. are we alone in our galaxy? a report just out brings us new
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insight. answering that eternal question. scientists working with the kepler telescope. water on the surface, galaxy's 70% of the stars host planets, orbiting at a distance which allows twurt exisallows water ta atmosphere. erik petigura, with us tonight. erik, does that mean there's a lot of little earths out there we weren't aware of before? >> indeed it does. so we found that one in five stars like the sun have an earth sized planet otherrin
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orbiting in a range, these orbits could potential ly support water like we see on earth. >> some sort of life might be able to live in temperature? >> we used four years of data, from the kepler satellite, what kepler tell us is the size of the planet, the distance from the host star and the energy that that planet receives from its host star. other than that, we have no idea what these planets are like other than that, we don't know if they have liquid water oceans, if they're habitable or inhabited. this is an important stepping-stone to absencing those questions. >> what is that doing by the way? >> kepler is not taking data according to its primary initial
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mission. although future uses and different uses for kepler are being considered currently. >> let's go back to talking a little bit more about what this is. a habitable zone. so that means there's some distance at which these planets would occur around that central force. >> exactly, yes. so the habitable zone is the range of orbits where planets receive roughly the same amount of energy from their host star as the earth receives from the sun. i'll add that the habitable range is quite broad. venus and mars could be in the habitable zone. we know that venus and mars are not habitable with life like earth, but there is evidence that mars could have had liquid water and venus could have liquid water. just so it's in the habitable
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zone doesn't mean it's inhabited. >> do we really have an appreciation for what's begun on out there? >> we're only finding out about this now because it took kepler four years to acquire enough data so we could defect planets as far as the earth at distances far enough from their host star where liquid water could plausibly exists. the first planets detected by kepler were large and close in. and later we were able to detect planets smaller from the host star. >> what are we going to learn more about these planets? >> kepler like any scientific study poses more questions than it answers. we have finally learned about planets and temperatures, lukewarm temperatures, but
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finding out which nearby stars host planets similar in size to the earth. and then in the more distant future actually taking pictures of these planets and then in the very far distant future, traveling to these students. >> you are a graduate student, so it seems like an awfully big thing for a guy in your point in your careering to discovering things. you are offering the estimates of what's out there. it is theoretical though, you haven't seen these things. >> well, we have detected planets using kepler -- using brightness measurement gathered by kepler. kepler observance observes 150,000 stars. while we haven't taken a picture of these planets we've detected their presence by the dimming that it causes when the planet
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crosses the face of its host star. >> we can't wait what else you find out there. erik thanks very much for telling us what's out in the neighborhood. we'll see. >> thanks for having me. >> coming up, egypt in turmoil, inspired, political landscape through the eye of an artist.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. here are the top stories at this hour. police in northern new jersey have been sweeping a mall looking for suspect or suspects who opened fire inside. witnesses reported someone shooting a rifle into the air monday night. local officials have no reports of injuries. another update from police there at the top of the next hour. >> tuesday is election day. new york city will vote for a new mayor, new jersey and virginia have races. among the big ballot measures is a colorado tax to fund education, and


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